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Montclair Art Museum Announces Centennial Events

On January 15, 1914, the Montclair Art Museum opened its doors for the first time to the public. Starting this fall and continuing throughout the following year, the Museum will celebrate that moment with a wide variety of events and activities.

Event Highlights

A Centennial-related exhibition and a new installation will both premiere on September 22. Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from Patricia A. Bell Collection pays tribute to this South Orange, NJ, resident whose gifts of art to MAM have helped to develop the Museum’s contemporary art collection into a significant reflection of the current art world since the 1990s. Additionally, a major new outdoor sculpture by the artist Jean Shin, titled Host, will be unveiled as the first commission in MAM’s redesigned outdoor sculpture garden.

Let your voice be heard! 100 Years, 100 Voices, a crowdsourced audio-tour project, invites members of the community to comment on their favorite work in the Centennial exhibition 100 Works for 100 Years. Visitors will be able to access the commentary through the Museum’s cellphone audio-tour. To find out more about how to participate, please contact Petra Pankow, MAM education director, at [email protected].

A 100 Day Countdown begins October 7, leading up to MAM’s birthday on January 15. The Museum in partnership with Montclair businesses will offer discounts and coupons at Montclair restaurants and boutiques.

MAM welcomes University of San Francisco professor Marjorie Schwarzer, a prolific writer and engaging commentator on issues affecting museums and author of Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of the Museum in America, on Thursday, October 10, to deliver the 27th Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture.

A Halloween party fundraiser, “Fright Night at the Museum,” will take place Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m

On Wednesday, January 15, the community is invited to celebrate MAM’s birthday with a free evening at the Museum. Just as on our Free First Thursday Nights, the evening will include a unique mix of dynamic programming, live music, tours, and a full-service cash bar in partnership with Egan & Sons. A special program in the auditorium will honor the Museum and its friends. 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration, a collection-based exhibition, will also be fully unveiled this evening. Visitors can participate in the Centennial Lounge, where they can vote for their favorite works, comment on their selections, and learn more about MAM’s history.

Robert Smithson’s New Jersey will open February 22. One of the founders of the art form known as earthworks, or land art, the Passaic-born Smithson (1938–1973) remains one of the most influential and original artists of his generation and after. When the range of his New Jersey–based works are placed together on exhibition, it will be clear that the Passaic/Clifton/Montclair area was as integral to his career as were Winslow Homer’s Maine and Andrew Wyeth’s Chadds Ford. Smithson is perhaps best known for Spiral Jetty, 1970, located in the Great Salt Lake, Utah.

April 20–26 will feature a weeklong Centennial Celebration, including an Art in Fashion exhibition and luncheon, and a Centennial Ball.